it is time to turn my attention to my next big event:
"Luminous Cloth" at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook, OR
3 July - 3 September
reception 9 July from noon - 4 PM
There are some big decisions:
Hanging rod or no hanging rod?
Flat or draped?
Fringe up, fringe down, no fringe at all -- or all three?
part of which involves making the hanging device for each tapestry as soon as it comes off the loom -- usually a structure that holds the tapestry yet lets it float cleanly against the wall.
Last year, obsessed with mobiles as I was, I spent weeks bending wire and messing about with fishing swivels to finally come up with about five different approaches for the show at the Pritchard Gallery, none of which will work this year, alas.
Indeed, since I started making my materials before I even thought about what they would become, much less how they would go together or be displayed, it's back to the drawing board -- or jar of hanging hardware as the case may be.
But unlike the tiny but sturdy mobiles these swaths of cloth are large and delicate so need some support sturdier than wire.
Is it best to sew a pocket for a rod, or, as with my tapestries, stitch the cloth to the fabric covered stick?
Do I want to cover the hangy things with fabric at all, or can I paint them?
Must I try both with every one?
and that whatever system I use, it is
a. easy for the gallery crew to manage.
b. straightforward to ship
a, however, is more important than b.
so I may have to pay through the nose to get my long narrow boxes to the coast of Oregon.
Should have thought that part out before I sewed them all together eh?
Soon I'll talk about some of the other work that'll be there
till then --I'll be hammering and sewing.